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Young Carers Grant

The Young Carer Grant will be introduced in Autumn 2019. It will be a £300 annual lump sum grant for:

  • 16 to 18 year olds who care for 16 hours or more each week (this can be averaged out over a 13 week period and for care for up to 3 people) 
  • but who do not receive Carer’s Allowance. 

It will be paid to young carers for caring which is described as "promoting the physical, mental or emotional wellbeing of an individual". 

This means that as well as recognising that some young carers help with physical care, other young carers provide support such as reminding and supporting the emotional wellbeing of the person they care for.

The person receiving care must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit.  These are the same qualifying benefits needed to claim Carers Allowance:

Only one young carer can claim the Young Carer Grant for providing care to a person with a qualifying benefit.

Other support for young carers

The support also includes a young carer element to the Young Scot National Entitlement Card and, in 2021/22, concessionary bus travel.

More information is available in the Young Carer Grant Q&A on the Scottish Government website.

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